FLOWERS BY THE ROADSIDE
As we travel around, either in town or country, we often see a symbolic act that marks the place where a community was injured. The death of a loved one remembered by flowers at the roadside. However, nothing will stop people using the road for business or pleasure and the chances are that one day someone else will be leaving flowers.
What’s sad is that many of these situations might have been avoided if only they’d been a metre one way or the other; if they had only seen the danger a split second earlier; if only they’d replaced the defective tyre; if only……..
Advanced driver training can provide the skills necessary to ensure better observation, positioning and understanding which will enhance one’s safety on the road. It will also increase confidence and enjoyment on the road. But the real benefit may well be that your loved ones are not leaving flowers by the roadside.
SHARPEN THE SAW
If you search the internet you can find many variations on the legend of the woodcutters who did or did not “sharpen the saw.” Essentially, it’s about keeping your tools in the best condition for the best results. I was taught this lesson as a child, by my grandfather and again when I worked in a butcher’s shop after I left school. Additionally, I learned that sharp tools are safer than blunt ones (if used properly, of course.)
During the following years, as I moved between jobs and acquired new skills, I came to realise that that concept was true of many things, provided one realises that the things we use are all variations of tools. Just like a saw, they need to be kept sharp and this can only be achieved by taking time to hone, polish and review. This is equally true for our driving skills. If then we consider that there are approximately 38 million licenced road users in the UK, of which around 200,000 have taken further training, we can estimate a figure of 0.5% who have improved their chances of staying safe on the road. So, it is probably true to say that there a lot of blunt tools in use each day. Keeping mine sharp is possibly the best effort I can make to improve my chances of surviving. If you’d like to sharpen your skills, with free tuition, then complete the form on the CONTACT page. We’ll be pleased to hear from you.